Current knowledge in ultrasound-based liver elastography of pediatric patients

Christoph F. Dietrich, Roxana Sirli, Giovanna Ferraioli, Alina Popescu, Ioan Sporea, Corina Pienar, Christian Kunze, Heike Taut, Simone Schrading, Simona Bota, Dagmar Schreiber-Dietrich, Dong Yi

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Studies performed using transient elastography (TE), point shear wave elastography (pSWE) and two-dimensional shear wave elastography (2D-SWE) have shown that these techniques are all feasible and accurate in children for the evaluation of liver fibrosis due to several etiologies. However, for some specific pediatric pathologies, such as biliary atresia, the evidence is still limited. As shown in adults, inflammation is a confounding factor when assessing fibrosis severity and care should be taken when interpreting the results. Due to the scarce comparative data between serological tests and elastography techniques in children, a definite conclusion regarding which is the best cannot be drawn. Neither non-invasive elastographic techniques nor laboratory scores allow determination of the presence and the degree of inflammation, necrosis, iron or copper deposits.

Original languageEnglish
Article number944
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 7 2018


  • Liver fibrosis
  • Pediatric
  • Shear wave elastography (SWE)
  • Stiffness
  • Ultrasound elastography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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